YEMEN Press Agency

Health ministry: Number of cancer patients in Yemen has doubled due to coalition use of banned weaponry

SANAA, Feb. 05 (YPA) – The Ministry of Public Health and Population confirmed that the number of cancer patients has doubled in Yemen due to the use of prohibited weapons by the US-Saudi aggression on our country.


The Minister of Health, Dr. Taha Al-Mutawakil, said during the World Cancer Day event that this day comes and Yemen is witnessing a great crisis and the number of patients has doubled as a result of the weapons of aggression against our country.


He explained that more than 60,000 cases are in oncology centers, with a shortage of medicines, equipment and diagnostics, noting that children with leukemia are rising by huge numbers.


“Over 3,000 children with cancer are at risk of dying as a result of the imposed US-Saudi siege, deprived of receiving the necessary health care,” he added.


He confirmed that Sana’a airport is closed and the patient cannot go out for treatment, and at the same time, due to the blockade, the entry of medicines and necessary supplies is prohibited.


“Nuclear medicine, which is needed to treat cancer patients, the aggression prevents its entry,” he continued, noting that we have called on the United Nations to supervise the entry of these materials.


Al-Mutawakil stressed that the opening of Sana’a International Airport is a humanitarian need, calling for it to be neutralized and considering it as an outlet that must be opened in order to allow patients to travel.


For his part, the CEO of the Cancer Control Fund, Abdulsalam Al-Madani, said: We commemorate this day and our country is still suffering from the emergence of many cases as a result of US-Saudi aggression and the use of prohibited weapons.


Al-Madani pointed out that the aggression continues to prevent entry to the atomic scanning device, which can only be reached through Sana’a airport, and through it we can alleviate the suffering of cancer patients.


He stressed that there are many cases that we have received from many areas, such as Saada, Hajjah, and other governorates, where prohibited cluster bombs have been thrown and they are suffering from cancer.


“Today we are opening the Oncology Surgery Unit and there are qualified cadres as we seek to alleviate the suffering under the imposed siege, appealing to the World Health Organization to play its active role in providing its humanitarian services,” Al-Madani added.


In turn, the representative of the World Health Organization in Yemen, Adham Abdel Moneim, explained that cancer patients in Yemen are on a frightening increase, and we need a lot of efforts and support, pledging to work to do the utmost in providing services.